Jo-Go Way Moose Dream – Norval Morrisseau – 1964

Jo-Go Way Moose Dream
Norval Morrisseau
Egg Tempera on paper – c.1964
Morrisseau recreates the story of a dream of an Ojibway named Luke Onanakongos (Jo-Go Way)
“In dreams of my youth, my spirit dwelled inside a huge moose, and I was protected from hardships of this earth. In middle life, the moose discharged my spirit from his body and it became one with my earthly self. The moose told me to purify myself spiritually and I did this for a time. Finally, in my old age, I rebelled and left forever the dream that pulled me toward that era.”

Norval Morrisseau